Monday, August 14, 2017

The Good of the Dark: Where You Shine Best

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

No matter which way you look, light will eventually appear!

The universe has an amazing quality: Contrast. Without it, you couldn't see anything. Light can only shine in darkness. 

"Everybody wants happiness, and nobody wants pain. But you can't have a rainbow without a little rain." Zion Forest Lee*

You love your comfy little place. So, sometimes you think that a challenge is a bad thing, that anything 'negative' is a curse. But without the seeming contradictions in life, you tend only to move from side to side instead of forward.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What the Heck is Positive Thinking?

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

You have the Power. Now, use it. 

 Positive thinking: Help or hinder? 

“Before a diamond can show its true brilliance and prismatic colors, it must stand a good deal of cutting, smoothing, and polishing. You are a diamond.” Rev. Richard Kent Matthews

What exactly is positive thinking? Is it pie in the sky, airy-fairy double think? Self trickery or deception? Hardly. But there are plenty of naysayers who believe it's just that. Pay them no mind.

Monday, August 7, 2017

How to Embrace Each New Day - An Affirmative Meditation

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

No matter where you are, Spirit is. Rejoice, be glad in it! *

A New Life - Affirmative Meditation

“Today I enter a new life. The many paths of opportunity are open wide before me. Something within me is alert and aware. My will, my thought, my imagination feel and sense new possibilities for expression. 

New ideas and new ways of doing things come to me. I recognize opportunity when it presents itself. I know what to do under every circumstance and in every situation. There is a deep feeling within me that all is well. I am ready and willing to give my best to life and life gives its best to me in return. 

I believe Divine Power indwells every positive, powerful thought and feeling. I live in the Divine Presence, which flows through everything. I am guided by Infinite Intelligence and I live this day in complete joy, light, and love. I know that every tomorrow is alive with the Good that is eternally available to me and to everyone.”

Each of us is a spark in the Eternal Presence we call God, Spirit, or simply the Universe. As we open our minds and hearts to that Exquisite Reality, our daily lives unfold in new and exciting ways. And as we remain available and receptive, the gifts of the universe pour into our experience as miracles and we, in turn, share them with the world. 

In spite of appearances, we are truly blessed. 

"If the only prayer you ever utter is 'Thank you,' it will have been enough." 
Meister Eckhart, 14th century mystic

*Photo courtesy of Steven Sammler, Baja California

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Real Love Is Active Love - As You Think, So You Are--The Series - Part 5

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

As we come together in Love, we change. And the world changes, too.

So much talk of Peace, Peace these days. But peace begins inside before it manifests outside! You are the Key...

I once thought love was just a feeling, you know, like when you 'fall in love,' or when you love your pet, or your Mom. More syrup-y than substance. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Feeling Sorry for Yourself? - As You Think, So You Are--The Series, Part 4

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

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Feeling sorry for yourself, Bunky?

A lot of stuff may get in your way, but the greatest of these may well be SELF-PITY!

How to end your own sense of victimhood:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Beliefs Can Betray You - As You Think, So You Are--The Series, Part 3

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

It's Nature, not Wrath!

The only major difference between progressive and conservative, evangelical approaches to spirituality is the belief in a literal Satan, the Devil, Lucifer. Progressives don't believe in him; evangelicals do. And the resulting difference is staggering!

I present this blog for one main reason: To help you break free from oppressive, fearful, judgmental, and even hateful religion.

Monday, July 24, 2017

How to Enjoy Hell - As You Think, So You Are--The Series, Part 2

Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Sinner, you stand at the edge of the Eternal Fires. And we can't wait to see you topple into them. So says St. Thomas Aquinas.*

The idea of watching people burn and agonize in hell is not so much to give glee to the viewer, but to show them how lucky they are they're not among that Fallen Group. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There Is No 'Secret' - As You Think, So You Are--The Series, Part 1

Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Love is as the rose: Gentle, fragrant, simple.

Why publish a blog these days? There's a gazillion of them out there, all hoping to make it to Google's first page in the SEO game. And that takes some work, some time, and some luck. 

In my case, I've been blogging since 2009 and have had my ups and downs with it. Now, I blog mainly to share some inspiration and some information about how to live a life of joy, abundance, and spiritual power. And unlike some approaches, there is no 'secret.'

Not everyone agrees with my premise. Why? No devils, demons, or hells here. No angels, no heavens, either. Only the ones you and I carry in our hearts, our heads, and our habits.

Monday, July 17, 2017

How to Make Your Life Exceptionally Grand

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Even a bad day has its gifts.

Think your life is a drag? Guess again. 

I received and shared this short article from a friend some years ago. What with all the turmoil going on in America and the world at present, it seemed appropriate to share it again. Hope you enjoy it.

(The following was written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, in The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.)

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August [2009], so here is the column once more:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

You're Only As Abundant As You Think You Are

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author |  Speaker

Abundance: It's a mindset. And it's free!

You read the books, listen to the podcasts and  CDs, attend the seminars, webinars, and teleseminars  Maybe you’ve been doing those things for years. Still, you aren’t nearly as prosperous and abundant as the teachers and gurus say you should be? Why not?